Salary for Museum Technicians and Conservators

Also known as:  Art Conservator, Art Preparator, Conservation Technician, Ethnographic Materials Conservator, Museum Exhibit Technician, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Paper Conservator, Textile Conservator

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Museum technicians and conservators identify, catalog, arrange and install items in museum collections and exhibits. They may be involved in the preparation of specimens such as textiles or dinosaur bones for research and investigative purposes, and also work in the restoration and maintenance of objects in a museum's collections. These individuals prepare items for storage, as well. Master's degrees are commonly expected for work in this field.

A Museum Technician or Conservator can get an average wage on a scale from $27,730 and $79,590 based on level of experience. will most likely receive an average wage of fourty-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety dollars per annum.

have the highest average potential salary in District of Columbia, where they receive a compensation of close to about $73,860. This group of people are compensated most highly in Retail Trade, where they receive average wages of $61,590.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.81 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Museum Technicians and Conservators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Retail Trade
$61,590
Information
$58,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,610
Public Administration
$52,560
Educational Services
$52,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,070

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$39,110
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,070
Educational Services
$52,330
Public Administration
$52,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,610
Information
$58,910